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Brick Walls

It’s been a while since I posted a quote, and I’ve had this one on my mind this week. Have you read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch? If you haven’t yet, I recommend it. It’s a short and easy read, but it’s also remarkably moving. Prior to his death, Pausch provided a great synopsis of the book/lecture on Oprah as well.

One of the most memorable parts of the The Last Lecture is when Pausch writes about brick walls. Rather than viewing setbacks or rejection as the end of the road, he chose to see them as opportunities to prove how much he wanted something. What a powerful way to reframe perceived failure. The brick wall isn’t the end; it’s an obstacle.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” —Randy Pausch

Wisdom About Life

This week I selected a quote from Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks is a neurologist and author. I read his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and I recommend it if you’re interested in neurological or psychological case studies. I enjoy Dr. Sacks’ writing because he writes with compassion for his patients. He makes it clear that there is more to gain from case studies than solely scientific knowledge. As a social worker in the healthcare field, I especially know this to be true. On a daily basis patients teach me about spirituality, the role of family and social support, meaning-making, quality of life vs. quantity of life, and death. The wisdom patients impart to me, purposefully or not, has been my greatest source of learning, and for that I am grateful.

“In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with the disease, we gain wisdom about life.” – Oliver Sacks

Favorite Posts: August 2014

August was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Highlights include passing my clinical licensing exam, Derek returning from Wilmington to start his family medicine rotation in Chapel Hill, completing the first 5 weeks of half-marathon training, and celebrating Derek’s birthday. However, it has also been quite stressful at work for both of us this month, and we were heartbroken when things didn’t work out with Wink. (P.S. She has since been adopted!!)

Now I am getting really excited about September. Next weekend I’m flying to Kentucky to celebrate my grandpa’s 90th birthday! I haven’t seen my family since I graduated in May, and I am beyond excited to see them. I am also pumped for fall. It’s definitely my favorite season. I love the weather (though fall weather doesn’t really start until October in North Carolina); it’s perfect for running, tailgating, and enjoying the beautiful views when the leaves change color. Not to mention I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin. I’m sure I’ll be posting some delicious pumpkin recipes over the next few months.

Before I get ahead of myself with my love for fall, here are my favorite posts from August 2014:

How Lucky I Am

Even the Undertaker Will Be Sorry

5 Questions –  Part II

LOTR, Back-to-School Shopping, and Luaus

Happy Birthday Derek! {Fun Friday}

To Be Alive Is To Be Vulnerable 

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